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January 19th, 2005, 01:10 PM #1Forum Rules - updated 8/30/2010
Please note that these rules have been superceded by the rules in the last post below.
Archive of old rules follows...
ABestWeb™ Affiliate Marketing Forum and Affiliate Chat Rules
Registration to this forum and our Chatroom is free! We do, however, insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.
The objective of our services are to provide for peer-to-peer communication on issues involving your website's earnings and continuously improving it. Your usage of our services acknowledges your agreement to our terms as well as your willingness to follow these few simple rules. The rules from time to time will be updated without prior notice and you agree to abide by such updating as applicable.
Affiliate Marketing Chat Rules
- Login only with your ABW username.
- Anyone logging in using another's username will be IP banned.
- Any recruiting other than by Affiliate managers for their programs will result in an IP Ban.
- Any Spam will result in an IP Ban.
- Any Identity or site revealing of any sort will result in an IP Ban.
- Any lewd comments or profane language will result in an IP Ban.
Content Of Post
Messages posted to this board are solely the opinion and responsibility of the person posting the message. Please be aware that all members are able to read posts on this message board, that includes children (under 18). Therefore, please, do not post any "adult" or questionable off-topic material, as it will only be removed and a ban warning will be issued. Posts containing racist, sexual- or religious-, personal-, etc offending content will be removed and may get you banned immediately - depending on severity (in our sole opinion).
Board moderators' decisions (including, but not limited to: editing, moving, deleting of single posts or entire threads) are final. You will accept this. Also, you will not re-edit a message that has already been edited by a moderator or the administrator out of defiance of the original edit. Starting discussing such a decision on the board, will get you either a ban-warning or banned (in our sole discretion). If you feel that you have be treated wrongly, please contact us via this form and we will look into it and review the situation and any/all circumstances. During the review period we may disable your access to the board and/or close the appropriate thread. Any creation of new aliases on the board by an offender / suspended or banned will immediately result in full denial of review and a full IP ban.
If you are banned you will respect the decision of this board and will not sign up with a different alias as an effort to defraud the good will of this board nor its member base by doing such. If a banned member continuously attempts to harass the board and/or it's members the personal information of that banned person will be forwarded to he responsible authorities and the offender will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no specific amount of ban warnings a member can receive before they are permanently banned, banning is based on the severity of the individual or sum of the multiple offenses and is solely in our discretion.
Historical Post Editing
It is not our [moderator's] job to edit out inconvienances of the original poster, if we [ABW] rank well for your keyword or domain it is because the SE thinks it is relevant. Henceforth, such requests are subsequent to a payment schedule of $25 per edited post payable via paypal to the moderator who does the edit.
Any recruiting other than by Affiliate managers for their paid and listed [on ABestWeb] programs and/or any member who attempts to recruit membership for another board will result in an IP Ban.
If you create an alias account on the board impersonating, offending or extremely similar to an existing board member's alias or other inappropriate name such account will be disabled and you will be given a ban warning or be banned (based on severity and in our sole discretion). Multiple offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Threatening Members Or Staff
Please be aware that any threats against members, as well as threats against the ABESTWEB staff (on the board, via private message, telephone, email, fax or other written or verbal method) will be forwarded to the responsible authorities and the offender will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Warez, Hackz, etc
The ABESTWEB message board is not a place to share information about where to get illegal software and other products, how to use or to trade them, as such, all posts of that kind will be deleted. The person posting will get a warning or will be permanently IP banned (based on severity and in our sole discretion).
Any derogatory post referencing any persons (member or non-member) race, color, creed, or sexual preference (or any allegations thereof, justified or not) will be deleted ASAP, repeat offenders will be banned.
Member Identity or URL Exposing
Any member who posts another member's url or urls to their site(s), their real name or other personal information in BAD FAITH, shall immediately be banned.
Unauthorized Advertisements via Pop ups or parasitic application shall be charged at the rate of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) per occasion. The advertisers who allow their ads to be shown at our website shall be held accountable for each unauthorized advertisement. The advertisers' allowance of their ads being shown on http://www.ABestWeb.com or on any of it's forum pages indicates their acceptance of our unauthorized advertising fee clause. Current advertising offerings can be found here .
Postings that are designed "only" to drive traffic to a members site, or affiliated merchant site will be removed or edited as appropriate. Independent Merchants are invited to ABestWeb, but postings of a self serving nature and recruiting or requests of program feedback or improvements are NOT allowed. If a merchant desires to advertise their site they can go to here and if they want to be considered for a Private Forum they can go to here .
The posting of pictures that violate a copyright of any 3rd party, as well as the posting of images that are offending (adult material, etc) is not allowed in the boards, the profiles nor as avatars. Pictures of that kind will be immediately removed and the person posting will get either a warning or will be banned depending on the severity of the offense. Please, also, do not "over use" the image-option.
Claims of Action
Any claim of action against any one person or company are not allowed, any posts containing such will immediately either be locked, edited or removed (depending on severity). Multiple postings by a member claiming action against any company or person shall result in a ban, whether such claims are real or not.
Signatures must not be greater than three lines of text and may not contain links to any adult or otherwise offensive websites (in our sole opinion). Images are Not allowed in signatures, nor are any affiliate link(s) or any keyword stuffing attempts. Any signatures, that violate these rules will be deleted without notice and your signature right will be removed. Signature and Private Messaging rights come after 250 posts, rights may be granted prior to such number of posts based on the Admin's sole discretion. ABESTWEB may allow merchants to have a larger signature for their full contact information, this is on a case by case basis and may be withdrawn at anytime without notice.
General Terms and Conditions
Considering the real-time nature of this message board, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of posted messages and are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this BB or any entity associated with this BB. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this BB to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyrighted material is owned by you. Although we do not and cannot review the messages posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we reserve the right to delete any message for any reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold us harmless with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
If you cannot agree to these terms, please do not use our forum or chatroom
AdministratorLast updated: March 5th 2010
Last edited by MichaelColey; August 30th, 2010 at 03:19 AM.
November 12th, 2007, 12:40 PM #2
Updated to add the following line:
Signature and Private Messaging rights come after 250 posts, rights may be granted prior to such number of posts based on the Admin's sole discretion.Continued Success,
The secret of success is constancy of purpose ~ Disraeli
August 30th, 2010, 03:14 AM #3
ABestWeb (ABW) is an affiliate marketing community that advocates ethical behavior and educates on best practices. The ABW rules and guidelines noted below are in place to further the mission of the ABW Community.
WARNING: Your postings on this public forum will remain public. Your text will be available to anyone with Internet access. Threads and posts will not be removed by request. However, our moderators will remove those that do not conform to these guidelines.
The ABestWeb (ABW) Community encourages dialog, debate and constructive criticism when appropriate to promote the affiliate industry by encouraging ethical conduct and informed decision-making. Membership to ABW is free but not without responsibility. The ABW Community exists and flourishes because members contribute their time, expertise and passion to facilitate a functioning community. Please respect the community contributions by learning and following the rules and guidelines presented herein. These rules may be updated from time to time with or without notice. While we will do our best to inform you when we do update them, we cannot guarantee your receipt of such notices.
By using this website you acknowledge that you accept the following policies:
Terms of Website Use
These policies are hosted on our parent website, but apply to ABW. If you have questions, please contact us.
Messages posted to this board are solely the opinion and responsibility of the person posting the message. Please be aware that all members are able to read posts on this message board, which includes children (under 18). You may not link, in any manner, to sites or images containing pornography, sexually explicit, gross violence, or are determined by moderators to be detrimental to the community. Posts containing racist, sexual, religious, personal attacks, or are deemed offensive to the community by a moderator will be removed.
General Forum Rules:
These rules apply to the entire ABestWeb site.
- We take the "Be Polite" rule very seriously. We do not tolerate rudeness. Any member who is intentionally unpleasant or disruptive may be banned without warning. Attack the problem, not the person.
- If you create an alias (user name) account that is found to be impersonating, offending or extremely similar to an existing board member's alias or other inappropriate name such account will be disabled.
- Unpaid ads (spam) and misrepresentation are cause for immediate suspension of your account.
- The ABestWeb message board is not a place to share information about where to get illegal software and other products or how to use or to trade them.
- Any derogatory post referencing any personís race, color, creed or sexual preference will be deleted.
- You may not post another member's URL or URLs to their site(s), their real name or other personal information in bad faith.
- You may not post a notice of a claim of action against any person or company.
- Postings that are designed only to drive traffic to a memberís site or affiliated merchant site will be removed or edited. Postings of a self serving nature and recruiting or requests of program feedback or improvements are not allowed, except through paid advertising.
- The posting of pictures that violate a copyright of any party, as well as the posting of images that are offending (adult material, etc) are not allowed.
- Participation on this site is intended for people in the affiliate marketing industry or with an interest in the industry. Members who appear to be posting an excessive amount of off-topic material may have their posting ability restricted.
Rules may be relaxed or tightened in specific sub-forums or threads. A partial list of these exceptions includes:
- Introduce Yourself Forum: Manual signature and self-promotion rules are relaxed slightly, so that people can identify what company they work for, what their position is, etc. Please follow our guidelines.
- Consumer Promotions Forum: Consumer promotions may be posted by merchants who have affiliate programs. A new thread is created for each month, and posting must follow the guidelines at the start of the monthly thread.
- ShareASale Forum: Affiliate promotions may be posted by ShareASale merchants in a specific thread. A new thread is created for each month, and posting must follow the guidelines at the start of the monthly thread.
The custom user title, location field, profile picture and signature options are edited via your Profile. Custom user titles and the location field are displayed next to your posted text, under your user name. Profile pictures are shown in your public profile. Signatures, once created in your profile, are attached to the end of your posts (if you choose the option to include your signature). Signature and Private Messaging rights come after 250 posts, rights may be granted sooner based on the Staffís sole discretion. ABestWeb may allow merchants to have a larger signature for their full contact information on a case by case basis and may be withdrawn at anytime without notice.
- Custom User Titles / User Names: You may not use custom titles to impersonate, or attempt to impersonate, ABW Staff, user groups, or any entity you are not associated with.
- User Profile: Profile pictures cannot include sexually explicit or graphically intense images.
- Must follow the Signature Best Practices (link will only work if you have access to use a signature).
- May not be greater than 3 lines of text.
- May not contain links to any adult or otherwise offensive websites.
- May not contain images, affiliate links or utilize keyword stuffing techniques.
- Manual signatures are not allowed.
Board moderators' decisions (including, but not limited to: editing, moving, deleting of single posts or entire threads) are final. You may not re-edit a message that has been edited by a moderator or the administrator. You may not start board discussions about our moderation. If you feel that you have been treated wrongly, please contact usand we will look into it.
Any posts not meeting these guidelines may be removed with our without notice.
We do not remove posts or accounts on request.
In light of our policy of encouraging candid, open exchanges of views and the rapid distribution of information originating from many sources, ABestWeb cannot determine the accuracy of information that may be posted to the forum.
Opinions, advice and all other information expressed by participants in discussions are those of the author. You rely on such information at your own risk. You are urged to seek professional advice for specific, individual situations and not rely solely on advice or opinions given in the discussions.
We reserve the right to modify and amend these terms at any time without notice. It is your responsibility to remain informed of current ABestWeb policies.
We do not monitor private messages. But we will investigate all allegations of PM abuse.
We further, reserve our right to disable any account at any time for any reason and without notice.
If there are any rules or policies you do not understand, please contact us.
Finally, any abuse towards our staff and/or management in any form, may result in immediate suspension of your account.
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